Saints Report: Saints hampered by COVID-19 in 20-3 loss to Dolphins

The New Orleans Saints are getting used to life after Drew Brees in a hurry, but that has as much to do with COVID-19 than the future Hall of Famer’s retirement.

The Saints already starting their fourth quarterback of the season on Monday Night Football.

New Orleans lead by 2021 fourth round pick Ian Book out of Notre Dame, now the first Saints rookie QB to start a game since Danny Wuerffel in 1997.

Certainly not the start he was hoping for to his NFL career, on the back end of a 20-3 primetime loss to the Miami Dolphins, who are now the first team in league history to have a seven-game losing streak and a seven-game winning streak in the same season.

The Saints missing upwards of 20 players due to COVID-19, making it near impossible to read the book on Book. Head Coach Sean Payton said, “Certainly, it’s not going to define his growth or his career or what he does. It was one of those kinds of perfect storms. We are all anxious to see him. And, yet, it was just a tough spot for him to be in.”

Book said, “You just learn so much from actually playing, and I was talking with Blake on the sideline, like so much to improve on, excited to just get better and once you’re out there playing, it’s like, man, I learned a lot already so that’s a pretty cool feeling and I’m excited about that. It’s about moving on.”

Next up for the Saints, their final regular season home game of the season against NFC South rival Carolina at noon Sunday from the Caesars Superdome.

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